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Lately, bath time has become more and more difficult. Our daughter used to love bath time, no matter if uit took place in the sink or the mini-tub. Since she turned about 19 months, things have changed. Now she goes into hysterics when we try and bathe her, and I am afraid she will hurt herself. What do you do to make your toddler more agreeable to taking a bath?
Still haven't solved this one... any answers?
PediNurse made some great suggestions...the only thing I might add to try is to bathe her in a bathtub with just an inch of water.. It might just be that the depth of the bathtub water is scaring her. If she still fights the bathtub, you can simply sponge bathe her with a good soapy rag each night. This should get her clean until she ougrows this phase. Encourage her to splash in the kitchen sink or even offer to let her play with a water table.
If she continues to resist bathtime or if you notice that she resists lots of "sensory" situations, talk with your pediatrician to rule out any sensory problems. Most of these problems are easy to correct with Occupational Therapy if they are caught early enough. My son had a mild sensory behavior that we treated with OT for a few months...it helped tremedously.
That's helpful advice. Lately it's been better, and she is a little more comfortable. If the same problems pop up again, we will definitely give your suggestions a try. Thanks!
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